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C. E. Bandy
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) March 24, 1888; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Special to the Globe.
EYOTA, Minn., March 23.-A burglar gained an entrance to the Everett hotel last night and secreted himself under a bed occupied by the hired girls. On his trying to get out about 2 o'clock this morning the girls were awakened and called for help. C. E. Bandy, one of the boarders, heard them, and on going to their assistance the burglar passed out of another door and escaped, after being pursued two blocks by Mr. Bandy, who was obliged to give up the chase, being dressed only in his night clothes. He secured nothing of value.

Eddie Bemis
[Source: Mower County Transcript (Lansing, MN) April 8, 1885, page 4; submitted by Robin Line]
Eddie Bemis is in school at the Commercial College, Rochester, Minn.

W. J. Boynton
Source: Mower County Transcript (Lansing, MN) Nov. 21, 1900, page 2; submitted by Robin Line.

Moves to Dexter.
From Rochester Post.

W. J. Boynton of Shropshire sheep fame, has moved to Dexter, Minn. By the end of this week the immense flock of sheep and the household effects will all be at the new sheep farm.

As a result of Mr. Boynton's departure, Olmsted county loses one of her oldest and most progressive business men; one who for 25 years has been engaged in business here, and of late years has carried on a remarkable business in sheep.

Mr. Boynton came to Olmsted county when a boy, and received his early education in the Rochester school. In 1878 he took charge of Albert Harrington's farm, or at least helped conduct the same until 1884, when Mr. Harrington founded what was known as the Zumbro Valley stock farm. Mr. Boynton took an active part in the management of this place. A large heard of Holstein cattle was bought and placed on the farm, and an extensive business was conducted. In 1891 Mr. Harrington sold his interest to Mr. Boynton, and the latter sold the cattle and began raising Shropshire sheep. He devoted his entire attention to this business and began breeding and importing this kind of sheep on a large scale. The flock has been rapidly increased, and the amount of business transacted has been correspondingly augmented until Mr. Boynton has become widely known as a sheep raiser. His sheep have carried off many premiums at fairs both in Minnesota and Iowa. The success which has attended his efforts has been remarkable, and it is safe to say that he now carries on the greatest retail trade in Shropshire sheep of any man in the United States. Taking this fact into consideration, it is not to be marveled at that Rochester and Olmsted county people regret to see this great sheep industry removed from this section. It was a distinction of which we have been justly proud. But the business has grown to such an extent that Mr. Boynton has found it necessary to seek a better location, where superior railroad and shipping facilities exist. Additional help in the management of the business is required, and therefore at Dexter Mr. Boynton's son-in-law, E.A. Welsh, will assist him.

At this new location Messrs. Boynton & Welsh will have one of the largest farms in the state, and will be situated only one mile from Dexter, which is on the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul R'y, and also one mile from Sutton, which is on the Chicago Great Western. Two large barns have been built on the farm during the past summer, and all arrangements made for taking care of an immense flock of sheep. No expense will be spared to make the new sheep farm the best in the country, and the sheep with which it will be stocked will be pure Shropshire's.

Mr. Boynton leaves his old home where carrying with him the respect and esteem of all who have known or dealt with him. He has established a business reputation that is of the best character, and many are the expressions of regret which have been heard since the news was made known of his intended departure. He also takes with him the best wishes of everyone for success and prosperity in his new location. The Post and Record joins heartily in these wishes.

Michael Brennan [asylum]
Source: The Argus (Caledonia, Houston, MN), December 30, 1893, page 1; submitted by Robin Line
Michael Brennan, the life convict who escaped from the insane asylum at Rochester has been returned to Stillwater.

Mrs. H. A. Brown
[Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) January 3, 1880; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]
ROCHESTER. Mrs. H. A. Brown dropped a fine fur boa on the street recently, and discovered her loss before going half a block. Retracing her steps she failed to find it. The street being crowded with pedestrians, some one of whom, doubtless, picked it up and made for the nearest alley.

Sneedorf Christensen
Source: The Post and Record (Rochester, MN), October 13, 1905, page 2, rll
In The Early Sixties. Excerpts from the Rochester Post Printed Nearly Forty Years Ago. From the Post Dec. 1868 and Jan. 1869.

The Scandinavian association turned out in procession Saturday, under the marshalship of Mr. Lewis Evens, their president, and escorted Mr. Sneedorf Christensen, the editor and new proprietor of the Falkenlad, from the office of the Post to the depot, on his departure to Minneapolis. their were bout fifty in the procession, with their and our national flags at the head of their column, and they made a fine appearance.

Mike Collins
Source: Rochester Daily Post and Record (Rochester, MN), February 3, 1920, page 5; submitted by Robin Line
Clonie Tait And Collins Are Mad With Each Other
Mike Collins, once manager of Fred Fulton of Rochester, seems to have a habit of scrapping with his proteges. The latest to shake a wicked fist at him and go his separate way is Clonie Tait, the Canadian who has been getting pretty much of a rise out of the fans of the northwest.

Clonie was in a little swatfest up in the cities the other night and got his jaw all pounded to pieces, necessitating much expensive plumbing on the part of some expert dentist. Mike got his share out of the proceeds of the fight. And then he wasn't satisfied but up and went and asked Tait for part of his profit for getting beat up. Clonie protested and they compromised by deciding to walk in antipodeal directions.

M. G. Denton
[Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) January 3, 1880; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]
ROCHESTER. M. G. Denton, of the firm of Smith & Denton was presented with a gold headed cane New Years, by the employes of his insurance office.

Frances Dodge
[Source: Winthrop News (MN) Dec. 1, 1932, page 8; submitted by Robin Line]
Rochester Girl Wins Pony Prize.
Toronto, Ont.-Miss Frances Dodge, Rochester, Minn., won the grand championship for ponies, other than Shetlands, with the mare Buckley Anity, at the royal winter fair.

Thomas Eckles
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) May 3, 1886; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Thomas Eckles of Eyota, Minn., a short time ago lost by death his Percheron draft stallion Wenona.

I. S. Gurley
[Source: The Hastings Conserver (Hastings, MN) Tuesday, Sept. 4, 1866; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

OLMSTEAD COUNTY. From The Rochester Republican, 23d.
Last Friday afternoon Mrs. Gurley, wife of Mr. I. S. Gurley, near High Forest, went away from home locking in the house their child, a boy five years of age. On returning, in about three hours, the child was missing, and though diligent search has been made through the whole vicinity, no trace of it can be found.

[Source: The Hastings Conserver (Hastings, MN) Tuesday, Sept. 11, 1866; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

OLMSTEAD COUNTY. From The Rochester Post, 1st.
We mentioned last week the disappearance of a child, about five years old, of Mr. and Mrs. Gurley, who live near High Forest. The corpse of the child was found last Saturday by some boys, while hunting. It was lying on the bank of the river, near the house, where it had been left by the receding of the water, and was badly decomposed. The suspicions of the neighbors were aroused that the child, which was deaf and dumb, and a great burden to its parents, had been drowned by them, and Mrs. Gurley was arrested upon a charge of murder and committed to the county jail to await an examination, which is to take place next Monday before Esq. Gaskill, of High Forest. We have been told that the father has disappeared. The woman has with her in jail a little child, of only two years of age.

[Source: The Hastings Conserver (Hastings, MN) Tuesday, Sept. 18, 1866; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

OLMSTEAD COUNTY. From The Rochester Republican, 6th.
Last Monday, Mrs. Gurley, of High Forest, arrested on the charge of murdering her child, and had an examination before Esquire Gaskill, of that town. District Attorney Stearns conducted the prosecution, and, after a close and careful examination of all the facts connected with the affair, the court set the prisoner at liberty. The woman appeared to be laboring under some aberration of mind, and the child is represented to have been of rather feeble intellect, yet the evidence at the examination failed to connect the mother with the death of the child.

J. W. Huntington
[Source: Mower County Transcript (Austin, MN) July 15, 1869; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Mr. J. W. Huntington of High Forest called on us to-day. He has just returned from opening a farm in Green county, Iowa, and where he expects to take up his residence next spring. He reports corn down there averaging five feet high and wheat will be fit to harvest next week. So much for a hundred miles south of here.

Josephine M. Madden.
Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (ND) Thursday, July 29, 1915; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

ST. TERESA NOTES. With its group of department commencements the college of Saint Teresa brought to a close the greatest year in its history.

Saint Clare seminary, academic successor of the Winona seminary, had thirty graduates as follows.
. . . Classical Course . . . Miss Josephine Magdalene Madden, Eyota, Minn.

C. A. Merril
[Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) January 3, 1880; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]
ROCHESTER. Some excitement was caused by the runaway of two span of horses owned by C. A. Merril and A. Bohr, yesterday afternoon. The driver of the former team was thrown violently against a post and was picked up insensible, but soon recovered.

Wallace James

Elmer Jenkins
Source: Broad Axe (St. Paul, MN) Thursday, May 28, 1903; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

List of Patents Issued Last Week to Northwestern Inventors.
- Wallace James, Eyota, Minn., draft equalizer;
- Elmer Jenkins, Rochester, Minn., bag holder;

James Jenkins
Source: Rochester Daily Post and Record (Rochester, MN), February 3, 1920, page 5; submitted by Robin Line
Good old Minnesota may sometimes be too hot and sometimes be too cold, but she gets there just the same. This is exemplified in a letter from James Jenkins, former Rochester man who has been farming it out in Montana for a number of years past. He writes from Winifred, Montana, and says:

This has been the worst winter I ever put in-four months of good, hard weather already, and don't know how much more ahead. I lost six head of my work horses and one calf. Feed made no difference. We had plenty so far but are running low. If I ever put in another winter here, I won't keep a bunch of stock to die on me. Everybody is losing. They dry out, freeze out, and so forth. This has gone on for three straight years. I think I will quit the farming here in the spring.

"I am afraid the way things are going that our winter wheat will freeze out again. Warm winds one day and thirty below the next. The amount of stock that has perished here this winter, beats, I think, the amount of 1886 which was the record.

"You can't find a strawstack in the whole county.

"If I get out of here, I am going in north St. Paul where I think it is a sure thing. I have had enough of dry land farming in this state.

"I have farmed here for six years and got what you would call a crop two times. So I think I have stuck long enough."

Dr. J. A. Leonard
Source: Mower County Transcript (Lansing, MN) June 19, 1889, page 4; submitted by Robin Line

ROCHESTER. Dr. J. A. Leonard of Rochester has been appointed consul-general at Shanghai. Dr. Leonard gets a $5,000. Place. He was recommended by all the senators and representatives, and his good record in the service at Calcutta, Kerth and Rio Janeiro, under Hayes and Arthur, helped him. He succeeds John C. Kennedy of South Carolina. Glad to see J. A. get there.

W. J. Mayo
- - - Source: The Record and Union (Rochester, MN), December 14, 1894; submitted by Robin Line
Dr. W. J. Mayo performed an operation in Zumbrota Monday.

- - - Source: The Record and Union (Rochester, MN), December 14, 1894; submitted by Robin Line
Dr. W. J. Mayo has left for Chicago, where he will pursue his medical studies for a short time. He was accompanied by Mrs. Mayo.

Lorenzo Mott
Source: Willamette Farmer (Salem, OR) April 16, 1875; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Mr. Lorenzo Mott, writes us from Eyota, Minn.: "I am very lonesome without your valuable paper as my time has run out, so I enclose you three dollars to renew my subscription. I am somewhat interested in your country and have thought for some time I would come there, and a good many of my neighbors are of the same opinion. This country is so cold that the temperature ranges from 10 to 40 degrees below zero, and there was about 60 days this winter that it ranged at about those figures. I am coming to Oregon as soon as I can sell out here."

James T. Price
Source: Pomeroy's Democrat (New York, NY) Saturday, November 15, 1875; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

James T. Price, of Eyota, Minn., sold last week 1,800 pounds of wool, the product of his flock this season. He received forty-five cents per pound.

Pete Rodins
Source: The Record and Union (Rochester, MN), December 14, 1894; submitted by Robin Line
One night last week Pete Rodins and Frank Moulton went to spend the evening at a neighbor's. It seems that they had intended to stay all night, but Pete finally concluded that he would go home. On approaching the house he saw a light and also saw people moving about, so he started back to get help to capture the visitors, but by the time Pete got back again the visitors had vanished. It was found that they had entered the house by removing a sash of the window, and supposing the boys to be up stairs, they had placed several articles of furniture against the door. The bureau had been searched, but nothing was missing. The burglars were evidently in search of money, as several articles of jewelry were in the bureau and none of them were taken.

Gladys Udell
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Wednesday, May 22, 1907; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

The assembly hall of the Normal was well filled last evening to hear the second last program of the graduation exercises. A great many of the friends of the students were present, some coming from outside of the city to be present. Those reading papers were:

Elizabeth Mitchell of Hecla; Nilborg Bunsness, Mamie J. Lueck, Carrie Swenson, Adelia Britzius, and John E. Granger of Aberdeen; Paul Charles Skorupincki of Rochester, Minn.; and Gladys Elizabeth Udell of Eyota, Minn. [Gladys' paper was "The Power of Books."]

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